Figures of Speech

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  • Q1

    When two words are used together that have contradictory meanings, the figure of speech is,




    An oxymoron is a figure speech that puts together opposite elements.

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  • Q2

    The figure of speech in the sentence, “Albert is at the peak of his career” is,




    A metaphor is a figure of speech used to show comparison between two things, animals, places or people, without using the words ‘like’ and ‘as’.


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  • Q3

    Choose the correct option.

    1. Which word does not suggest the actual sound it describes?

    a) yell


    2. Which is not an oxymoron?

    a) planned chaos

    b) macabre torture

    3. Which line does not include a simile?

    a) He looks like he has fallen

    b) She glowed like a star

    4. 'Necessity is the mother of invention.' which figure of speech is this?

    a) Simile

    b) Personification

    5. My uncle passed away in 1960. This is an example of

    a) Euphemism

    b) Personification


    1. a) yell

    2. b) macabre torture

    3. a) He looks like he has fallen

    4. b) Personification

    5. a) Euphemism

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  • Q4

    Identify the figure of speech used in each sentence below.

    a) The ocean was a raging bull.

    b) The boat was tossed like a cork on the waves.

    c) Jim is as stubborn as a mule.

    d) All the world's a stage.

    e) The tears flowed like a river.

    f) The horse moved with lightning speed.

    g) Blind justice was not on his side.

    h) Hadn’t she felt it in every touch of the sunshine, as its golden finger-tips pressed her lids open and wound their way through her hair?

    i) My heart is like a singing bird.

    j) You killed my family. And I don’t like that kind of thing.


    a) Metaphor

    b) Simile

    c) Simile

    d) Metaphor

    e) Simile

    f) Hyperbole

    g) Personification

    h) Personification

    i) Simile

    j) Understatement

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  • Q5

    Identify the figure of speech used in each sentence below.

    a) Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.

    b) The wind wrapped its icy fingers around my body.

    c) He was as brave as a lion.

    d) The book dropped from his hands like lead.

    e) The camel is the ship of the desert.

    f) Hamlet! Thou has cleft my heart in twain.

    g) Here is the smell of blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

    h) Many are called, few are chosen.

    i) A wicked whisper came and changed my life.

    j) Life is a journey; travel it well.


    a) Personification

    b) Personification

    c) Simile

    d) Simile

    e) Metaphor

    f) Apostrophe

    g) Hyperbole

    h) Antithesis

    i) Personification

    j) Metaphor

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